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The ProLife Action League made history with my face. Also that of an abortion provider and pro-choice journalist. We’re on what is essentially a wanted poster for all 40 days of Lent with dog whistle language like “notorious” and “pray for those involved with the culture of death.” Obviously, Hal was going to have me on to discuss it.
My friends Lizz Winstead & Dianna Anderson are quoted on my blog where I thank them for publicly calling out the PLAL’s use of prayer as a weapon. Also, the fantastic folks at Religion Dispatches covered their targeting campaign with the appropriate tone, history and interviews with PLAL head Eric Scheidler.
The piece — “For Love or Threat: Pro-Life Prayer Includes Names, Photos of Abortion-Rights Advocates” by Alana Massey — is remarkably balanced. Please visit their pages/feeds to comment and thank them. Highlights:
Or, in Scheidler’s view, “[Dr. Chastine] was rather naïve to think she could be this anonymous abortionist coming into Wichita, at George Tiller’s former practice of all places.”
Reverend Harry Knox, president and CEO of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, doesn’t agree that God’s will is quite so self-evident.
Campaigns like PLAL’s, with their use of names and photographs, are potential catalysts for harassment according to Reverend Knox. “Creating what looks like a wanted poster, then asking people to pray for those shown, is just hate in love’s clothing.”
Those of you who’ve listened/followed Hal and I for a while, will remember when I became an official feminist menace — the first time the PLAL wrote about me. What’s enjoyable for those of us who think hypocrisy is important to avoid and rampant in anti-choice groups are the competing signals I’m getting from them.
The PLAL just can’t seem to decide with they want me to keep talking or renounce my wicked ways. First, they decry: I Want Katie Klabusich to Keep On Talking! complete with superlatives and a bastardization of my NOH8 photo, captioned “No, Katie! Don’t tape your mouth closed!” And now they want me to sit down, shut up, and renounce my wicked ways. Clearly, I’m not listening.
Today’s extra nod goes to producer Dennis, who honored my new “notorious” label (a long-time dog-whistle to the anti-choice fringe that “it’s totally cool if you hurt this person”) by playing Duran Duran’s “Notorious” for my bumper music. Dennis, you are spectacular as always.
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